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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:09 am

Inspire Kids Montessori

4425 E. Agave Road, Building 8, Suite 144

As a Montessori school, Inspire Kids aims to truly inspire kids to reach their potential while celebrating and respecting their own uniqueness, creativity and independence.

In its third year of serving students from 18 months to 6 years old, Inspire Kids also offers two, four-week sessions with the second starting soon.

“This summer we are doing oceans,” said owner Diana Darmawaskita, of the program theme. “They just love it, we study animals and incorporate arts and crafts and cooking.”

With the second session starting on Monday, July 1, and a move to a new, bigger location at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 11, in late July, the Montessori school prides itself on small class sizes. Inspire Kids’ summer session currently has a class open for 3-to 5-year-old students.

To register for the second session, call (480) 659-9402. For more information, visit inspirekidsmontessori.com.

 

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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